History Book Reviews (page 936)

HISTORY
Released: Sept. 21, 1992

"Quietly eloquent, and a valuable glimpse of light in our era's longest night. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Forty-two stirring portraits of common people who backed into heroism when confronted with the Third Reich's genocide machine. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 18, 1992

"A mixed bag, but rewarding for its insider's discussion of French intelligence operations and for its friendly look at the deficiencies of American intelligence."
A curious but compelling account by Count de Marenches, for 11 years (1970-81) the head of the French intelligence service, and Andelman, longtime Paris correspondent for The New York Times and CBS News. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 1992

"A fascinating, essential chapter in the history of the Bounty. (Fifty halftones, three maps—not seen.)"
A learned, humane, provocative ``creative reading'' of the mutiny on the Bounty—the events; their meaning and representation in native lore, British life, the theater, and cinema; and their historical value. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 17, 1992

"No false heroics, no patriotic gloss, only the Vietnam War in all its grim reality. (Fifteen b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A searing account from former Army nurse Smith of her tour of duty in Vietnam and its devastating personal aftermath. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 16, 1992

"An insightful, colorful account of real achievement in Indian education today—and solid evidence of the benefits of multiculturalism at its best."
Enthusiastic and charmingly frank, Fedullo details his memorable experiences in a decade of teaching creative writing to Native American schoolchildren on reservations throughout the West. Read full book review >

PEARL HARBOR by Henry C. Clausen
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 16, 1992

"An essential document from one of the last players in a great military and legal drama. (Three eight-page b&w photo inserts—not seen.)"
A riveting real-life detective story about one of the century's greatest controversies: the responsibility for America's shocking lack of preparedness at Pearl Harbor. Read full book review >
KISSINGER by Walter Isaacson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 1992

"An evenhanded, warts-and-all portrait of a larger-than-life individual who has left his mark behind."
A critical but resolutely objective and utterly fascinating biography of the guileful, egocentric geopolitical scientist who became America's most celebrated secretary of state. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 14, 1992

"An affecting mourning for the impending destruction of the Amish community, both for its own sake and for that of our larger society—for whom the Amish, Testa convinces us, can serve as a valuable example."
As a Harvard graduate student, former third-grade teacher at a Denver private school, and serious ethical thinker of Catholic persuasion and ``morally tired'' condition, Testa spent the summer of 1988 living with an Amish family in Lancaster County, where he conducted fieldwork for a Ph.D. thesis exploring a ``community of faith.'' In that period and in frequent subsequent visits, Testa became deeply attached to his host family, impressed by their resolutely unworldly community and involved in their reluctant struggle—the Old Order Amish shun politics, publicity, and any participation in ``outside'' society—against the development forces that are gobbling up local farmland and threatening to destroy the 200-year- old Amish settlement. Read full book review >
ONE HUNDRED DAYS by Alan Schom
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 14, 1992

"A master annalist's vivid reconstruction of a turning-point in world history. (Eight pages of illustrations—not seen.)"
By itself, Napoleon's mid-1815 defeat at Waterloo, barely four months after he had escaped from Elba, was so dramatic that historians often neglect the events leading up to the climactic clash between insurgent French and Allied forces. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 11, 1992

Here, Callow (Son and Lover, 1975) finds Walt Whitman to be mysterious, evasive, contradictory—a ``psychological oddity'' whose very confessions, revelations, and disclosures created a ``thicket of identities'' that further obscured his real self. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 9, 1992

"Deftly mixing history, countless interviews, and an analysis of recent events country by country, this is a valuable resource for those interested in what the future might hold for Eastern Europe and the Jews who choose to stay there. (Photo insert—not seen.)"
An astute, challenging assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of Jewish communities formerly behind the Iron Curtain, by Jerusalem journalist/sociologist Hoffman. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 8, 1992

"An authoritative, ironic, and stirring addition to Civil War annals. (Two 16-page b&w photo inserts.)"
In George B. McClellan (1988) and his work editing the papers of the Union general, Sears established himself as the critical but indispensable authority on flawed ``Little Mac.'' Now, in a stirring prequel to Landscape Turned Red (1983), his superb account of the Battle of Antietam, the author reaffirms his mastery of historical narrative. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >